Wisdom Teeth Evolution

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What are you familiar with concerning the history of wisdom teeth? Have they ever had a purpose? When did we first start using them? Find out the answers to these questions and extra ones by reading this post we’ve created about the history of wisdom teeth. If you have any more queries about wisdom teeth, we’d be happy to answer them on your next appointment to our office.

Approximately 100 million years ago, humans walked on all fours and had large jaws. As it turns out, this big jaw could fit 32 pearly whites easily; we still grow up to 32 pearly whites today, but the wisdom teeth either don’t erupt or need to be removed if they do since they may complicate breathing and other vital human functions. Our ancestors utilized the four wisdom teeth to help themselves chew leaves and roots. But after a mutation developed smaller jaws, brains started growing bigger and mankind began cooking and using cooking tools such as fire to soften food, making the wisdom teeth less useful. Or at least that’s how scientists think it went down!

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